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John Nuthall


March 30, 2016

PBA President's statement on video-taped arrest of a postal worker

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“Video-taping police encounters usually results in a rush to judgment by people who have no first-hand information about what transpired.  Everyone, including the Police Commissioner, should withhold public comment until all the facts are in. That being said, no one ever has the right to resist arrest. Regardless of how one feels about being stopped, once told that they are being placed under arrest, they must comply with the officer’s orders. If you try, in any way, to prevent the officer from placing handcuffs on you, then you are resisting arrest and can be charged with that crime. Compliance is not optional.” 

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